Hi guys

Sorry for being so quiet just lately, but there hasn’t really been anything of interest to write about.

I did something I have never done before, hence the post title, I did a sportive (bike ride event), on August 8.
I saw an article in one of the local papers, mentioning about this local cycle sportive (non competitive), about a month ago. It’s called The Farcycle FollyFest Sportive, this event is based near the Cotswolds and Berkshire Downs – which is a beautiful area to be in with its stunning scenery.
There are 3 routes on offer:

  • The Gentle Challenge – 35 miles of spectacular rolling Cotswold countryside; just enough to extend those who think cycling should be a relaxing, pleasurable experience,
  • The Full Monty – 70 miles of even more breath-taking countryside with some added challenges for people who cycle regularly,
  • The Epic Test – 111 miles with some serious bits although, if you can bear to press pause on your competitive streak for the odd minute here and there, the scenery of both the Downs and the Cotswolds is worth taking a peep at…

I did the 35 mile route.
As the time got closer to the event, the more nervous I got, as I didn’t really know what to expect – I know I have mentioned in earlier posts that I do cycle around at times, but to do an actual event thing, now that is a different kettle of fish.
Once I got there I started to relax, I had a chat with a couple of others taking part. We started at 10:30am, the weather was nice and sunny with a little amount of wind (just enough to keep the heat off). There was a feed station about half way round, which I stayed at for about 10 minutes before setting off again. I took it steady so not to struggle too much at the end, which seemed to work, as when I got to the end my legs felt fine, no jelly legs! Had some lunch – which was provided by the organisers.
I really enjoyed my experience, it was a shame I was on my own for most of it, would of liked to of had some company on the way round, but hey still had a smile on my face 🙂 It took me 2hrs 45mins in total to complete (that’s including the 10min rest at the feed station) so 2hrs 35mins in actual cycling.

Other news:
Next weekend (August 16) I’ll be racing again at Pembrey, looking forward to seeing how the updates to my car will be.

Take Care, God Bless and Keep Smiling 🙂